Whether your run is green, blue, red, black or even a double black rating, being safe on the slopes is paramount. Not thinking about your boots and ending up with poor fitting rentals can be uncomfortable, not thinking about safe ways of communication and keeping in touch can be critical.
If you’re lucky enough to witness the magical landscape of a ski resort this winter, whether it be whilst carving through the mountains or from a vibrant après bar. Chances are, you will want to share those memories with friends and family. Lightweight, voice activated communication and cost effective these devices have come a long way from the ‘walkie-talkies’ we all played with as kids!
Anyone who has been skiing around the Alps, or snowboarding through remote areas of woodland, will tell you that mobile phone coverage is sporadic at best. In these circumstances, where it’s easy to split up, shouting and waving to one another can prove to be a fruitless task.
Using two-way radios eliminates this seamlessly and is increasingly an essential means of communication for outdoor adventures. Whether it be meeting for lunch during a skiing session, to locating a family member who’s lost the group, two-way radios can be crucial to remaining connected to one another.
With so many options, how do you pick the right two-way radio? Here we have done the research for you and picked our favourites for 2020 below:
The T92 has plenty of features but remains remarkably easy to use, and that’s why it tops our list! Boasting 16 hours of rechargeable battery life in sub-zero conditions, also keeping you connected with a 10km in range, means you’ll never lose touch with your group during long days out. With an IP67 rating, this radio can withstand the harshest of weather conditions and even floats face-up in water. It stands out in a bright yellow casing, making it tough to lose if you happen to drop it in the snow! Should you need help, signal the others in your group by pressing the emergency alert button to activate a hands-free call and sound a loud warning tone on your radio signal.
The T82 Extreme is one of our most popular and affordable two-way radios. Reaching up to 10km in range and with state of the art iVOX hands-free mode, you can make and receive calls with ease whilst racing your friends down the slopes. And with earpieces included, you will still be able to contact your children who can wear them under their helmets. Taking just one touch of a button, it couldn’t be easier to pair the radios up either! There’s no need to worry about finding your way back to the ski-lodge when its dark, the T82 comes built in with an integrated LED light to help you navigate back safely. Upgrade to the Motorola TLKR T82 Extreme QUAD pack and save even more on your radios!
What Should I Be Looking For?
If you plan on skiing, you should look out for an IP rating of IPx4, IP67 and IP68. Essentially, an IPx4 protects against water splashes from all directions. An iP67 rated radio can withstand constant submersion of water of up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. An IP68 radio however, will be able to reach a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes, meaning it will stay intact during days of blizzards.
Outdoor excursions do leave the possibility of accidents and injuries happening. Therefore, emergency features on your radio could be potentially life-saving. It would be advisable to look for radios with an emergency button which can send out a siren to the rest of your group.
VOX (Voice Over Call):
In our opinion, this is the most useful function when you are on the move as it transmits through voice activation. Allowing you to remain hands-free and effortlessly communicate with the group whilst you race to the bottom.
The majority of radio packs come with earpieces included. These can be used alongside the VOX function. This allows you to communicate more efficiently during your activities with improved audio quality, and again without the need to touch your radio when VOX is activated.
Perfect for sticking to your holiday budget
Long gone are the days of big, chunky radios with huge antennas. However, it’s still worth looking for a light ergonomic design which can clip onto you easily.
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Check out what our customers thought of the products below:
T82 Extreme customer review: ‘I bought a Twin Pack of these from the 2wayradioshop before an impromptu skiing trip. They arrived in under 24 hours and it only took a minute to get them set up to allow me to maintain contact with our children if we were separated. Both parties found it liberating & they worked even when not in direct line of sight i.e. I was at the top of a rounded hill & they were at the bottom we were still able to maintain contact. Seems an excellent, sturdy & well-made product.’
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T92 Customer review: ‘Really great product ideal for purpose which is to communicate with coxes when coaching rowing crews, able to give instructions that they can clearly hear. Being waterproof is obviously an advantage being a water sport.’
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